•       2009 Events
  • wagah
  • Screening of the documentary film
    'waGaH' - directed by Supriyo Sen along with a brief dialogue session with Debashish Sensharma(film scholar and film maker)
    on Saturday 25 July , 2009 from 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
    Every evening, the only border crossing along the 3323 km frontier between India and Pakistan becomes the site of an extraordinary event. Border guards on both sides orchestrate a parade to lower the flags. Thousands of people gather to witness the ritual and afterwards the masses move as close to the gate as possible to greet their former neighbours. The film looks through the eyes of three children who sell DVDs of the parade to the onlookers. With a dream of crossing the border they remain quite unmoved by all the ‘patriotic’ madness around them.

  • barua
  • An illustrated presentation
    Barua, Visual Cultures and question of Bhadralok Cinema” with Film Historian Madhuja Mukherjee
    Saturday 13 June, 2009
    This presentation tries to look into early Bengali talkies and the processes through which cinema formalises the art of narration. While literature and theatre were constant reference points for film practices, not much has been discussed about the ways in which cinema borrows from painting and music.
    Nevertheless, this was particularly crucial for filmmakers like Pramathesh Barua ( and Debaki Kumar Bose as well), who draws heavily from contemporary visual practices. For instance, Barua was critical about 'stagy' films as he adapted a number of Sarat Chandra's novellas. However, visualising a literary form was apparently important for him, and is reflected through his marvellous track shots ( as in Devdas, Mukti), use of special filters and through the process of producing certain visual signs like the 'train' ( as in Devdas).
    Mukti evidently grew out of Tagorean influences in terms of the deployment of music as well as the ways in which Barua represents Assam. His camera sweeps over the landscape to produce a notion of 'outdoor' which is evidently 'Bengal School'. Similarly, the 'interiors' of Adhikar are easily comparable to Gaganendranath Tagore's paintings.
    This presentation shall make a comparative study of Bhadralok cinema and the ways in which visual cultures influenced early Bengali talkies.

  • spiritual
  • Spiritual Edition :
    A collaborative multidisciplinary art activity
    The idea conceived by Sangeeta Bandopadhaya, the writer of contemporary Bengali literature, in collaboration with a group of young artists, poets and performer.
    What does God mean to the our generation? In this post-modern age, where there seems to be no absolute truths any more, when the earth is threatened by war crafts and spy cams, does faith still exist? A group of artists, through a set of texts, visuals, music, light ,sound and performances, enact their spiritual explorations, their struggles and their fragments of understanding. Rich in imagery and content, this installation performance invites the audience into a realm of voices and silences.
    Sangeeta Bandopadhay :             text and performance
    Inam Hussain Mullick :             text, video and light installation and performance
    Gangotri Basu :             performance
    Sayantan Mukhopadhaya :             text and performance
    Suman Choudhuryi :             Painting
    Joanna Banerjee:             Performance
    Koustav Nag:             Video

  • maushami
  • Moving with Music: A Journey through the Folk Repertoire of Bengal
    A presentation-performance by singer-music researcher Moushumi Bhowmik, with sound recordist Sukanta Majumdar and singer-dotara player Satyaki Banerjee.
    Between 2004 and 2009 Moushumi Bhowmik received two grants from the India Foundation for the Arts under its Arts Research and Documentation Programme, to collect, study and disseminate the many expressions of biraha (absence and longing) in the vast and varied folk repertoire of Bengal, travelling mainly through eastern India and Bangladesh. Sound recordist Sukanta Majumdar has been her partner in this project for the entire period while Satyaki Banerjee is an independent musician with whom Moushumi enjoys making music.
    In this presentation-performance, Moushumi will talk and sing about journeying through and with music. She will talk about her own journeys as well journeys that people have made into and out of the land of Bengal carrying their songs and stories with them. The presentation will bring together the arts of narration, singing, sound recording and design, using also visual illustration from various sources.